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Melvin Guillard Replaces Injured Kenny Florian To Face Evan Dunham At UFC Fight Night 23

As noted earlier, top UFC lightweight Kenny “Ken-Flo” Florian has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming main event bout against Evan Dunham at UFC: Fight for the Troops 2 on January 22, 2011. According to a statement on Florian’s official website, the former top lightweight contender suffered a knee injury while training.

“It is with deep regret that I will not be able to compete in my scheduled fight against Evan Dunham on January 22nd, due to a knee injury I sustained during training this morning,” Florian wrote. “Although I have not had an MRI as of yet; the doctors are cautiously optimistic that it will not require surgery.” is reporting that Melvin Guillard has been pulled from his preliminary bout against Yves Edwards and will now face Dunham in the main event. There has been no word on whether a new opponent will be found for Edwards.

Guillard is currently riding a three-fight win streak with victories over Ronnys Torres, Jeremy Stephens and Waylon Lowe. Dunham is coming off the first loss of his career to Sean Sherk this past September. Dunham lost a controversial split decision to the former UFC lightweight champion. Prior to the loss, he posted victories over Per Eklund, Marcus Aurelio, Efrain Escudero and Tyson Griffin.

UFC: Fight for the Troops 2 is taking place at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, and will be the third event that the UFC has held on a military base as a benefit for the troops.